I want you to think for a moment of an early memory, whatever time you end up in, when you admired something someone else was doing and thought things like ” I wonder what that’s like,” or ” I could never do that, but I bet it’s fun.” Can you remember a favorite game in second grade, or the way that you waited in rooms by yourself as a child? I waited in rooms alone by dancing. Music or no, in my head I was a ballerina. My favorite games were unique games held in trees and that one where they play music so you dance, and freeze when the music stops. These have all been clues to finding my talents and special ways I can connect with others.
How we play holds clues to our gifts and talents. How we played as a child holds clues to where we began with our abilities and interests.
As you are reminiscing, take some notes about what you remember and why you were drawn to those things. In some ways, the “why” is more important than the “what.” If you think it is lost information, think back to favorite movies or songs and then the games you played with others. The information may come from there.
Take some time today, and the next day, and maybe each day for the next week to just play. Try on some of the types of experiences you used to enjoy or be curious about. Yes, I am talking about dancing with yourself. Or painting, drawing, or picking up that instrument you haven’t looked at since middle or high school. Maybe you need to go tinker with some woodworking, or start a garden… whatever comes, try to do something each day this week.
You could spend your shower singing more than washing. Buy some cheap tempra paints to use while waiting at home. Dedicate time ( I suggest an hour, but it can be whatever works for you) each day for the next week to really goofing off. It is not serious, it is play. Attempt to recapture the feelings of a child during this special time. If you are not having fun, change the game. Do whatever else you remember, or what comes to mind. Allow unexpected trips to petting zoos and the of purchase chemistry sets.
So, how does this play become useful? You are already sensing it. That wonder is returning. Your creativity comes to you in waves as you recall special games, secret hiding places, mud pies, building a special ramp for your matchbox cars, and chosing materials for your fort in the woods. Perhaps you feel compelled to go camping this weekend, or find that old recipe for play-doh.
It has begun. There are no rules except that you show up for yourself as you would for your own child’s tea-time.
Some thing that is really important is already happening here. Tomorrow we will talk about what that is.
Yoga Pose of the Day: Child’s Pose
Yogic Concept of the Day: Any memory of childhood play remembered should be expressed somehow.